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BUDDlab Volume1, Wales Workshop: an exercise in local resource building practice

BUDDlab Volume1, Wales Workshop: an exercise in local resource building practice

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Since the beginning of time, the art and act of building has been at the core of human evolution and our relationship with the specific landscapes that surround us. And while the idea of building with traditionally local materials and resources still exists in parts of the world, in many western societies, the opportunity to initiate and engage in an actual building project is difficult in comparison to the amount of ideas that are hatched on a drawing board or computer.
For the past years, the Wales Workshop at CAT-Machenllyth has provided a platform for BUDD students to escape the urban confines of London, and gain hands-on skills utilizing local resources and methods while further building upon their group dynamics outside the classroom. BUDDlab Volume 1 captures the essence of these experiences, offering a collection of essays regarding the conceptual multiplicity of ‘building’ and the role of practitioners, as well as the reflective voices of past students.
People are at the heart of building and the Wales Workshop would not have been possible without the passion and dedication of our esteemed colleague, Maurice Mitchell of the London Metropolitan University, the fine hosts and facilities at CAT-Machenllyth and indeed the many BUDD students who have trudged its grounds.
BUDDlab
Since the beginning of time, the art and act of building has been at the core of human evolution and our relationship with the specific landscapes that surround us. And while the idea of building with traditionally local materials and resources still exists in parts of the world, in many western societies, the opportunity to initiate and engage in an actual building project is difficult in comparison to the amount of ideas that are hatched on a drawing board or computer.
For the past years, the Wales Workshop at CAT-Machenllyth has provided a platform for BUDD students to escape the urban confines of London, and gain hands-on skills utilizing local resources and methods while further building upon their group dynamics outside the classroom. BUDDlab Volume 1 captures the essence of these experiences, offering a collection of essays regarding the conceptual multiplicity of ‘building’ and the role of practitioners, as well as the reflective voices of past students.
People are at the heart of building and the Wales Workshop would not have been possible without the passion and dedication of our esteemed colleague, Maurice Mitchell of the London Metropolitan University, the fine hosts and facilities at CAT-Machenllyth and indeed the many BUDD students who have trudged its grounds.
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Wales Workshop:
an exercise in local resource building practice
 Volume 1
 
October 2010
BUDDlab
UCL Development Planning Unit
 
Foreword
Caren Levy 
Materials that Fit
Maurice Mitchell 
Reecting on Action
Camillo Boano
Building Dimensions
William Hunter 
Student VoicesReferences1356710
Since the beginning of time, the art and act of building has been at the core of human evolution and our relation-
ship with the specic landscapes that surround us. And 
while the idea of building with traditionally local materials and resources still exists in parts of the world, in many western societies, the opportunity to initiate and engage
 in an actual building project is difcult in comparison to
the amount of ideas that are hatched on a drawing board 
or computer.For the past years, the Wales Workshop at CAT-Machenl 
- lyth has provided a platform for BUDD students to es-
cape the urban connes of London, and gain hands-on
skills utilizing local resources and methods while further  building upon their group dynamics outside the class-
 room. BUDDlab Volume 1 captures the essence of these
experiences, offering a collection of essays regarding theconceptual multiplicity of ‘building’ and the role of practi-
tioners, as well as the reective voices of past students.
People are at the heart of building and the Wales Work-shop would not have been possible without the pas-sion and dedication of our esteemed colleague, Maurice
Mitchell of the London Metropolitan University, the ne hosts and facilities at CAT-Machenllyth and indeed the many BUDD students who have trudged its grounds.
BUDD
lab
is published by the Development Planning Unit, UCL. The Development Planning Unit is an international centre specialising inacademic teaching, practical training, research and consultancy in sustain-able urban and regional development policy, planning and management.Development Planning Unit, University College London34 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9EZ, United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 1111Fax: +44 (0)20 7679 1112Email: dpu@ucl.ac.uk www.ucl.ac.uk/dpu/courses/masters/msc_buildingDesign and layout: Ricardo Martén
 
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WALES WORKSHOP:
an exercise in local resource building practice
Foreword
Caren Levy 
One of DPU’s central concerns is to explore and denewith our ‘community of practice’, socially just courses of 
action to address informality and inequality in cities and
urban areas in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Mid
-dle East. This is one of the most pressing challenges of 
our time! As 2008 UN statistics indicated half the world’s
population live in cities and urban areas, with over 75%
of the world’s ‘million’ cities and 16 out of the 19 world’s
mega cities located in the global South. Statistical trends
also show that this is where 90% of the world’s slum
dwellers are located.
 The DPU’s mission is to build professional and institution
-al capacity in order to design and implement innovative,sustainable and inclusive strategies to address the im-
mense challenges of these realities. At the core of this
mission is the commitment to develop the critical and re-
exive capacities of current and future practitioners who
come to the DPU for postgraduate education and capac-ity building. Such capacity to think and act strategicallyand creatively comprises many components: the ability todiagnose problems and opportunities critically and cre-atively; the ability to work collaboratively in teams, withcommunities and the range of public and private sectoractors involved in urban development in a respectful andempowering manner; the ability to communicate honestlyand persuasively with all actors; and the ability to learnfrom a variety of people and experiences. The experience of the students on the MSc Building andUrban Design in Developing Countries (BUDD course) at
the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Machenl
-lyth, Wales has provided an exciting and innovative learn-ing opportunity for students to develop some of thesecapacities. Thank you to all those involved in this valuableinitiative.

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